my computer can see networks but cant connect

March 15, 2011 at 21:46:25
Specs: Windows 7, 3.33ghz 2gb
I have a belkin wireless adapter on my desktop, and i have come across a problem. i have taken it several places and it has always connected to anywhere i have taken it except to anyone using century link internet. it would not connect wirelessly to them. that is fine just a setback. but the primary place i take it for downloads/updates has quit letting me connect. it asks me for the secuirity code and if i enter an incorrect one it tells me its wrong, however if i enter the correct one it says trying to connect then fails either instantly or within 6 seconds. i know the router works because it lets the other 3 computers in the house connect fine as well as the xbox 360. and my pc is not having a problem with internet specifically because i can wire it and it works fine. since trying this i have taken it to two other locations and it has had the same problem; can be wired but fails wireless if i enter the secuirity code. what could be causing this? I have done no updates or changes to the computer since the last time it worked other than installing a game. It will be a bit before I can try re-installing the wireless device on account that I have to find the disc, but any other ideas? all help is appreciated

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#1
March 15, 2011 at 23:48:27
What kind of security encryption is in use? WEP or WPA ?

Does the problem also happen on unsecured connections?

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
March 16, 2011 at 00:54:02
wep, and im not sure about the unsecure networks, its a desktop so i cant really drop by a mc'donalds :)

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#3
March 16, 2011 at 01:05:45
OK. With WEP there is more to gaining access than just the WEP key.

There are two other parameters that also have to be correct in order to gain access.
First is the type of key in use. It is probably a Shared key. The second is the key sequence number. ( 1 to 4 )

Since this is in a home environment the person who set up the security should be able to confirm for you whether the key is "shared" and which sequence number is in use. When you have that information you need to go into the advanced settings for your PC's wireless connection and set yours to match those set in the router.

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#4
March 16, 2011 at 02:14:18
thank you I will attempt that when I get the chance and get back to you. but would my computer have changed this key on its own? It worked in this network previously without the me having to do anything but enter the secuirity key, and now it does'nt my freind who owns the house can verify that nothing in the router has been changed since last time, though it was reset once. but it had been reset previously without my computer losing the ability to connect.

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